· The contenders for the podium must complete a 60-mile regatta through the Rías Baixas with a crew made up of one or two sailors at most
· The competition can be followed live on computers, mobile phones or tablets thanks to an application that will show the position of the boats at all times
· The Galician Solitary and Two-handed Championship is organized by Monte Real with the collaboration of the Baiona City Council and the Galician Sailing Federation
· The competition is also the II Rafael Olmedo Memorial in honor of the historic president of the Baion club who died last year
The Monte Real Club de Yates is once again in charge of organizing the Galician Solitary and Two-handed Championship, one of the most exciting nautical events of the sailing season in Galicia. There are about sixty miles of route through the Rías Baixas for boats with reduced crews, made up of one or two sailors at most.
It will be tomorrow, Saturday, at eleven o’clock in the morning, when the regatta committee will start the race from the Bay of Baiona. The weather forecasts announce a day without rain, with plenty of sun and winds from the north, moderate in the morning and somewhat more intense in the afternoon. These conditions will facilitate the navigation of sailboats along a route that includes passing through the Carallones and La Negra beacons, the Cíes Islands, the Picamillo, Fajilda, Esqueiros, Ter and Camouco marks, the Ons and Onza Islands, and the Two Wines Islet.
Although there is a set time for the start and a route marked by obligatory passage points, it is difficult to determine what time the end will take place or how long the regatta will last. It is estimated that the last boats will cross the finish line at dawn on Sunday, but everything will depend on the ability of the crews and the conditions they have to face at sea.
All those who want to follow the competition live can do so on their computers, mobile phones or tablets, accessing the page www.estela.co . Through it they will be able to know the route chosen by each boat and in what position they are at each moment of the test.
Once the regatta is over, the facilities of the Monte Real Yacht Club will host, on Sunday at noon, the awards ceremony for the new Galician solitaire champions and two. In addition, a special award will be given to the winner of the II Rafael Olmedo Memorial, with which the Baionese club remembers its president for more than 40 years, who died last year.
In the last edition of the championship, held in June 2015, the winner, in the solo category, was the sailor from the Real Club Náutico de A Coruña, Jesús Pintos, aboard the Victoria. The podium was completed by Jean Claude Sarrade, from the Monte Real Club de Yates, who sailed in the Fend la Bise; and Alfonso Rodríguez in the Smaku, of the Liceo Marítimo de Bouzas.
In the category of Two, the victory went to Mi Moneda, from the Monte Real Club de Yates, in which the former Copa América sailor, Laureano Wizner, and Alfonso Crespo competed. The second position went to the Virazón de Miguel and Juan Lago, from the Monte Real Club de Yates; and in third place was the U47 led by José María Peinó and José Manuel Pérez, from the Real Club Náutico de Portosín.